Niantic, Pokémon Go’s Creator, has developed a new augmented reality-based mobile game, and this time its main element is Pikmin bloom.
The game is now rolling out worldwide, starting from Australia and Singapore, where it’s already on the floor. Similar to Pokémon Go, users have to go out and interact with the real world, but this time there’s no actual battle against any other creatures and catching monsters; Pikmin Go is a more fun and colorful companion that provides a laid back experience for daily hikes and walks.
In Pikmin Bloom, as the users go around, they’ll find Seedlings that you can pick up as you move and grow into plank-like creatures that will follow you around. The more you walk, the more users will be able to pluck Pikmin, and they can follow you.
Users will be depicted in Mii Avatar and pick clothes and fruits for Pikmin to wear and eat. Players can maintain their lifelog, daily steps diary, and space to store pictures from their adventures.
Nintendo and Niantic on Tuesday uploaded a short video presentation to a new youtube channel for more details about their augmented-based game. In a five-minute video, John Hanke, Niantic CEO, teases about the game and gives a short description with the help of Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. In the video, Niantic announced that Pikmin-made flowers could be seen by other players so that users could make shared gardens. This was the first time Nintendo and Niantic talked about this after its announcement earlier this year.
Niantic founder and CEO said, ” I’m a believer in the power of walking, that’s why at Niantic, we want to inspire people to go outside and explore their surroundings and have fun at the same time. Even though the benefits of walking are clear, we know it’s not easy to get off the couch. So, we think Pikmin is perfect for helping.”
The Pikmin Bloom is now live in Australia and Singapore on Android and IOS and will be arriving in other countries shortly.